Driver gets house arrest, suspension, fine for impaired

Published on February 27, 2014

PICTOU – A Seafoam resident who had a blood alcohol reading of three times over the legal limit will be confined to his home for the next three months. 

Elmer David Cameron, 52, pleaded guilty to the impaired driving charge that was laid on Nov. 19, 2013, in River John after an RCMP officer noticed the vehicle in front of his cruiser driving substantially under the speed limit and crossing the centre line several times.

The court was told that Cameron was showing obvious signs of impairment when he was pulled over by the officer and following a search of his vehicle RCMP located a shotgun behind the driver’s side seat with no trigger locks.

Blood alcohol tests indicate Cameron was three times over the legal limit at the time.

Crown attorney Jody McNeill said Cameron admitted that he does consume a large amount of alcohol, but mostly on weekends. He suggested Judge Del Atwood consider an elevated fine of up to $1,800 as well as an extended driving prohibition in addition to a fine for the charge of unsafe storage of a firearm.

Defence attorney Stephen Robertson said his client had no intention of driving on the main highway that evening because he was only planning on travelling between this camp and home through a private back road.

However, he said, the poor condition of the road forced Cameron onto the highway. He added that his client is usually not so careless with firearms, but again thought he was only making a quick trip home.

Before Atwood delivered his sentence, Cameron rose and told the judge that he had “made a mistake.”

Atwood said considering that Cameron was still able to drive a vehicle and function with such a high blood alcohol concentration indicates that he does have a serious drinking problem.

He sentenced him to a six-month conditional sentence that includes house arrest for the first three months. He is also prohibited from driving a vehicle for two years and must pay $200 in victim surcharges.